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WANTED: Classic Films Featuring This Classic Artist

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I have to start this thread, because it is a constructive way to vent my frustration. After reading Fred's thread about Dorothy Dell, I spent a good hour or two yesterday afternoon looking at what lovingtheclassics has to offer. Using their search engine, I would type the name of a very popular or at least semi-well-known actor, actress or director. I was often surprised at how many titles I had never heard of, namely because I have never seen them played anywhere.

 

I know, I know...there are rights issues and it costs a kid's lunch money to acquire some of the more expensive titles...but why not try (and try harder)...because if bringing THE CONSTANT NYMPH into the light of day has taught us anything, it's that nothing is impossible when it comes to rescuing classic titles from the vaults and essentially from obscurity. Give fans the chance to see some of their favorite artists in films that have long been neglected.

 

Each day I am going to post on this thread (and I will start this afternoon with the first honoree)...where I will basically highlight an artist that most of us know (though a Dorothy Dell or two wouldn't hurt) and I will list the films that are available at lovingtheclassics that do not get played.

 

Join me for this ride...add your constructive feedback...share a long-forgotten film by a favorite artist that should be rediscovered. Thanks..!

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*JOAN FONTAINE*

 

A MILLION TO ONE (1937)...with Bruce Bennett

MAN OF CONQUEST (1939)...with Richard Dix

FRENCHMAN'S CREEK (1944)...with Arturo de Cordova

IVY (1947)...with Herbert Marshall

KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS (1948)...with Burt Lancaster

DARLING, HOW COULD YOU! (1951)...with John Lund

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR (1952)...with Ray Milland

FLIGHT TO TANGIER (1953)...with Jack Palance

A CERTAIN SMILE (1958)...with Rosanno Brazzi

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Frenchmen's Creek was recently shown. It's notsobad, Joan Fontain being the worthwhile feature. I think Kiss the Blood off My Hands has shown, no?

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Did FRENCHMAN'S CREEK recently air on TCM? I don't think so. We would've had a thread about it. THE CONSTANT NYMPH was the big one that aired in late September (it will re-air in January and has just been released as a disc thru the Warner Archives).

 

All of these Fontaine titles I listed are available at lovingtheclassics. DARLING, HOW COULD YOU! and FLIGHT TO TANGIER are both streaming titles at Netflix, plus one that lovingtheclassics does not have, called SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (1950), costarring Joseph Cotten.

 

It would be truly great if some of these found their way to TCM.

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*ELLEN DREW*

 

Definitely one of the most underplayed classic film actresses, which does not seem right considering her lengthy career as a leading lady and the many motion picture hits she had with audiences.

 

THE LADY'S FROM KENTUCKY (1939)...with George Raft

THE GRACIE ALLEN MURDER CASE (1939)...with Warren William

BUCK BENNY RIDES AGAIN (1940)...with Jack Benny

FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS (1940)...with Ray Milland

WOMEN WITHOUT NAMES (1940)...with Robert Paige

NIGHT OF JANUARY 16TH (1941)...with Robert Preston

OUR WIFE (1941)...with Melvyn Douglas

REACHING FOR THE SUN (1941)...with Joel McCrea

THE PARSON OF PANAMINT (1941)...with Charles Ruggles

THE REMARKABLE ANDREW (1942)...with William Holden

RHYTHM HITS THE ICE (1942)...with Richard Denning

NIGHT PLANE FROM CHUNGKING (1943)...with Robert Preston

THAT'S MY BABY (1944)...with Richard Arlen

SING WHILE YOU DANCE (1946)...with Kirby Grant

CARGO TO CAPETOWN (1950)...with Broderick Crawford

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:

> }{quote}Did FRENCHMAN'S CREEK recently air on TCM? I don't think so. We would've had a thread about it.

Fun trivia about FRENCHMAN'S CREEK:

It's the only movie featuring Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce in which they do not play Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson. And it was made in 1944, during the period of their Universal Holmes pictures.

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Great trivia. It should be shown one evening, sandwiched in between a few HOLMES pictures. For contrast.

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*FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW*

 

PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER (1936) with Victor McLaglen

KIDNAPPED (1938) with Warner Baxter

EXTORTION (1938) with Jimmy Lydon

THE SPIRIT OF CULVER (1939) with Jackie Cooper

CADETS ON PARADE (1942) with Jimmy Lydon

JUNIOR ARMY (1942) with Billy Halop & Huntz Hall

 

These are all at lovingtheclassics. And no where else. Why?

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*JED PROUTY & SPRING BYINGTON AS THE JONESES*

 

There are eleven of the seventeen films from Fox's Jones series at lovingtheclassics.

 

BACK TO NATURE (1936)

EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT (1936)

EDUCATING FATHER (1936)

BORROWING TROUBLE (1937)

DOWN ON THE FARM (1938)

LOVE ON A BUDGET (1938)

SAFETY IN NUMBERS (1938)

QUICK MILLIONS (1939)

TOO BUSY TO WORK (1939)

EVERYBODY'S BABY (1939)

THE JONES FAMILY IN HOLLYWOOD (1939)

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*JOSEPH COTTEN*

 

HERS TO HOLD (1943) with Deanna Durbin

PEKING EXPRESS (1951) with Corinne Calvet

UNTAMED FRONTIER (1952) with Shelley Winters

EGYPT BY THREE (1953) with Ann Stanville

SPECIAL DELIVERY (1955) with Eva Bartok

THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE (1956) with Ruth Roman

THE SCOPONE GAME (1972) with Bette Davis

 

The picture with Shelley Winters pops up on the Encore Westerns channel but never in widescreen.

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:

> }{quote}*JOSEPH COTTEN*

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> UNTAMED FRONTIER (1952) with Shelley Winters

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> The picture with Shelley Winters pops up on the Encore Westerns channel but never in widescreen.

 

Being from 1952 it wouldn't have been made in widescreen.

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*DIANA BARRYMORE*

 

NIGHTMARE (1942) with Brian Donlevy

EAGLE SQUADRON (1942) with Robert Stack

BETWEEN US GIRLS (1942) with Kay Francis

FIRED WIFE (1943) with Robert Paige

FRONTIER BADMEN (1943) with Robert Paige

LADIES COURAGEOUS (1944) with Loretta Young

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*TYRONE POWER*

 

DIPLOMATIC COURIER (1952) with Patricia Neal

THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER (1953) with Julie Adams

UNTAMED (1955) with Susan Hayward

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*JANET GAYNOR*

 

THE BLUE EAGLE (1926) with George O'Brien

SEVENTH HEAVEN (1927) with Charles Farrell

LUCKY STAR (1929) with Charles Farrell

DELICIOUS (1931) with Charles Farrell

THE MAN WHO CAME BACK (1931) with Charles Farrell

DADDY LONG LEGS (1931) with Warner Baxter

ADORABLE (1933) with Henri Garat

STATE FAIR (1933) with Will Rogers

PADDY THE NEXT BEST THING (1933) with Warner Baxter

CHANGE OF HEART (1934) with James Dunn

ONE MORE SPRING (1935) with Warner Baxter

THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE (1935) with Henry Fonda

BERNARDINE (1957) with Pat Boone

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*LAURENCE OLIVIER*

 

THE YELLOW TICKET (1931) with Lionel Barrymore

21 DAYS (1940) with Vivien Leigh

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*HARRIET HILLIARD NELSON*

 

COCOANUT GROVE (1938) with Fred MacMurray

CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON **** (1941) with Chester Morris

CANAL ZONE (1942) with Chester Morris

JUKEBOX JENNY (1942) with Ken Murray

GALS, INCORPORTED (1943) with Leon Errol

HONEYMOON LODGE (1943) with David Bruce

HI, GOOD LOOKIN'! (1944) with Eddie Quillan

TAKE IT BIG (1944) with Jack Haley

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*JOHN DEREK*

 

AMBUSH AT TOMAHAWK GAP (1953) with John Hodiak

THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA (1954) with Amanda Blake

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GRETA GARBO:

 

MATA HARI (ORIGINAL AND UNCENSORED, PLEASE!)

ROMANCE

SUSAN LENOX

CAMILLE

ANNA CHRISTIE

ANNA KARENINA

FLESH AND THE DEVIL

MYSTERIOUS LADY

A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS - ANYTHING WITH JOHN GILBERT

QUEEN CHRISTINA

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Excuse my ingnorance, but what is lovingtheclassics?

 

*JOAN FONTAINE*

 

A CERTAIN SMILE has been of FMC relatively recently, in the last year or two.

 

*FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW*

 

Ditto KIDNAPPED.

 

*JOSEPH COTTEN*

 

As has THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE

 

*TYRONE POWER*

 

The same for DIPLOMATIC COURIER; but it's been longer since they've shown UNTAMED.

 

*JANET GAYNOR*

 

STATE FAIR (1933) with Will Rogers

CHANGE OF HEART (1934) with James Dunn

ONE MORE SPRING (1935) with Warner Baxter

THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE (1935) with Henry Fonda

BERNARDINE (1957) with Pat Boone

 

I believe all of these have been on FMC in the recent past, BERNADINE still rather often.

 

 

*JOHN DEREK*

 

THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA

 

This one has been shown regularly on FOX, including within the last 10 days or so.

*GRETA GARBO*

 

CAMILLE

ANNA CHRISTIE

ANNA KARENINA

FLESH AND THE DEVIL

MYSTERIOUS LADY

QUEEN CHRISTINA

 

These, at the very least, are in regular rotation at TCM (with the exception of MYSTERIOUS LADY, which I believe was on a couple of Sundays ago).

 

Edited by: Arturo on Dec 7, 2011 3:39 PM

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lovingtheclassics.com is a website where you can order rare DVDs. I got some Stanwyck movies from it... They aren't Criterion quality, but are nice to have if they aren't available anywhere else.

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Thank you for your response. I request for clarification however: Do you purchase a manufactured DVD or do you receive a streamed version of the movie? Thanks in advance.

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Eugenia, thanks again. I just saw on THE TRESPASSER thread here that the Janet Gaynor film mentioned below, DELICIOUS, will be shown on TCM next week on the 14th. Yay!

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